Google is trying hard to entice businesses and organizations to use their Android For Work service that the company first revealed last year during their Google I/O developer conference. We’re finding out now that over 19,000 organizations are using Android For Work though at the moment it’s unclear just how many of these organizations are using the Android For Work service fully or how many are simply testing the service out. Seeing that it’s tough for massive enterprises to make changes, quite a few of these businesses may still be early within the transition.
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As mentioned, Google first announced their Android For Work service last year during their I/O developer conference. The service essentially allows employees to bring their own device, otherwise known as BYOD, to work for company use as long as it’s an Android running handset. Through Android, the IT department is able to use this service in a way that allows employees to separate work-related applications and their own personal applications or files. Google is always looking to further improve their services and software, take for example Google’s latest Android operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow which will possibly help bring in more businesses.
Through Android 6.0 Marshmallow, businesses may be a tad bit more interested in using the Android For Work services. This may be likely because of the new security options and measures used within the latest software update. With Marshmallow, consumers are able to tweak the privacy options with various API’s. Furthermore, Google is releasing a regular patch schedule for its line of Nexus devices where it was also revealed that more than eighty partners have joined in the program to deliver updates to their line of Android devices Regularly. These partners include manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, and LG.
Marshmallow will also allow companies to create single-use devices where the company will own the smartphone or tablets and have the device showcasing one single application. This could be used in a way to view real-time statistics and information where employees are unable to access anything else on the device. Because the Android For Work service seems to be picking up steam, we’re curious to see just how well it’s adapted to businesses in a year’s time.